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Wildcats Get (Less Than) Dry Run for MLB Tarp Detail

With the practiced hands of veteran tarp-pullers, the Wildcat baseball team goes into action.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Wildcat baseball team will serve a second stint on the tarpaulin crew for Sunday’s 7 p.m. MLB Little League Classic between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, to be televised nationally on ESPN.

About 20 players and head coach Chris Howard will staff the infield tarp before and during the game, seated along the right-field line, at the ready for inclement weather. More than a dozen are returning from last year’s inaugural game, in which the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3.

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Published August 17, 2018 | Posted in Sports, Students | This gallery contains 6 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Penn College’s Le Jeune Chef Honored by Wine Spectator Publication

Penn College’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant has again earned an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. The restaurant, which offers a teaching-learning environment for faculty and students, has been honored by Wine Spectator every year since 1995.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant was named an “Award of Excellence” winner by Wine Spectator magazine.

Wine Spectator is the largest paid wine-focused/wine-lifestyle magazine, reaching more than 3 million readers with each issue. The magazine’s annual Restaurant Awards program recognizes the most exciting wine lists around the world. Honorees are published in its August issue.

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Restoration Students Skillfully Leave Mark on Automotive History

Looking much as it did for its 1947 debut, the "Tin Goose" precursor to the Tucker production model awaits its anniversary ride.

Faculty and students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automotive restoration major are traveling with one of America’s most historically significant vehicles on a “dream come true” journey to the Super Bowl of car shows: the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

The team preserved the 1947 Tucker prototype, nicknamed the “Tin Goose,” which is on loan from the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon and archived at the Library of Congress for its importance in automotive lore.

Five automotive restoration technology students who worked on the car are making the trip for the Aug. 26 event: Adam J. Davis, of Doylestown; Conner W. Desforge, of Martinsburg, West Virginia; Joshua E. Marr, of Shickshinny; Tucker C. Watson, of Skowhegan, Maine; and Erik W. Weigle, of Linden. They will be accompanied by Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair, and Robert K. Vlacich, assistant professor of automotive service.

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Penn College Students Serve Health Care Needs at LLWS

Penn College emergency medical services students Michelle K. Waughen, of Montgomery, and Ali T. Alnasir, of Williamsport, stand ready to provide to provide care to those in attendance at the 2017 Little League World Series. Penn College students pursuing careers as physician assistants and paramedics are providing health care at the 2018 World Series.

Forty-three students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physician assistant and emergency medical services/paramedic programs will be on hand to help serve the health care needs of spectators and players at the Little League Baseball World Series, Aug. 16-26.

The event draws tens of thousands of spectators over 11 days as 16 U.S. and international Little League teams vie for the championship in South Williamsport, just a short drive from the Penn College main campus.

“We are proud to have our physician assistant and paramedic students participate with interdisciplinary members of the health care team to assist with providing care to Little League players from around the world,” said Sandra L. Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences. “This event is an excellent example of the cross-cultural service learning opportunities we provide for our students.”

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Next Campus Blood Drive in Tribute to Late Custodian

Patrick M. Breen, in the midst of a "Power Red" blood donation in April 2006.

Penn College Health Services and the American Red Cross will hold a two-day blood drive in memory of Patrick M. Breen, a longtime General Services employee who died June 25 at the age of 58. The visit will be from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 5-6, in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor), where Breen was a beloved custodian for much of his college employment. “Pat was an inspiration,” said Carl L. Shaner, director of college health services. “He touched many lives on a daily basis, wanting nothing in return.” Potential donors are urged to celebrate life and make a difference by giving blood to patients in need. Schedule a visit online and use the convenient RapidPass to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questions on appointment day. The visit is co-sponsored by Bart’s Pizza.

College Provides Venue for Public Session on School Safety

Sen. Yaw (second from right), who also chairs the college's board of directors, welcomes participants and attendees to Penn's Inn. He was joined by legislative colleagues (from left) state Rep. Frederick B. Keller (R-86th); state Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27th); and State Sen. David G. Argell (R-29th), committee chair.

The state Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public discussion of school safety, hosted by State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23rd), in the Bush Campus Center on Thursday afternoon. The 90-minute session, the latest in a series being held across the commonwealth, allowed a diverse panel of stakeholders – district superintendents, principals, business managers and school board members; law enforcement; bus contractors; legislators and the legal profession – to share their concerns and best practices alike. The roundtable, open to the public and streamed live, was also attended by Penn College Police Chief Chris E. Miller and Elliott Strickland, the college’s vice president for student affairs.

Employees’ Shared Responsibility Infuses New Semester’s Launch

At the dawn of 2018-19 classes, Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour gathered with faculty and staff Thursday morning to set a resolute tone for the fall semester. Summarizing the swirl of summer activity – and a wide range of developments from facilities to personnel to athletics – she ended with a reminder that inspiring students is the true bottom line. “When reflecting on the start of a new academic year, so much comes to my mind,” the president told an all-college audience in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. “First, the new students, fresh ideas, a slight bit of fear, and, yet, their entrusting us to help shape their future. The excitement, the realization of the responsibility we all share and the knowledge that, if all goes right, we will make a difference in their lives and they in ours. Yes, the challenges, the opportunities and the bumps along the road are real and, at times, frustrating. But … for all the challenges we face, the joy in knowing we are some small part of creating ‘tomorrow makers’ fixes everything.”

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Picnic/Parade Doubleheader Opens LLB World Series

Teams may be opponents within days, but abundant smiles are on the menu at the campus cookout.

Pennsylvania College of Technology once again helped to welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series, which begins Thursday and concludes Aug. 26. Prior to formation of the Grand Slam Parade near the northwest corner of campus, the college hosted its traditional picnic for players, coaches, team uncles, umpires and other LLBWS notables. Among the highlights of the march down West Fourth Street was a 1939 Buick Roadmaster from the college’s automotive restoration technology major, commemorating the year that Little League was born. The car is featured on this year’s Penn College trading pin, which was attached to a cleverly designed baseball card and distributed along the parade route.

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Last updated August 15, 2018 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Students | This gallery contains 42 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

‘Makerspace’ Formally Dedicated at Penn College

Marshall D. Welch III, his mother Mary and other family members enjoy the evening honoring the Welch patriarch.

Designed by students and funded by a forward-thinking group of individual and industry benefactors, a space designed to inspire interdisciplinary innovation and collaboration has opened its doors at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Dedication ceremonies were held Aug. 14 for The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College, a facility constructed in the Carl Building Technologies Center on the main campus.

Donors – as well as members of the college’s Board of Directors, Corporate Advisory Board, the Penn College Foundation Board and the campus community – gathered in the makerspace to hear about its genesis and to view, in makerspace parlance, its spaces for “clean” (computers, 3D printers, sewing machines and vinyl cutters, etc.) and “dirty” (saws, drill presses, routers, lathes and CNC mills) activities to take place within.

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Make Way for Tomorrow

Commemorating a man whose home workshop – "a place where wisdom and camaraderie were dispensed in equal measure" – was decades ahead of the "makerspace" concept

A makerspace, providing a fertile environment for innovation and imagination – and the tools with which students can turn visions into reality – was dedicated in Penn College’s Carl Building Technologies Center on Tuesday. The student-designed Dr. Welch Workshop memorializes Dr. Marshall Welch Jr., a local orthodontist and longtime philanthropist, who died in 2012. The Welch family, including son Marshall III, is the principal donor for the facility; George E. “Herman” Logue Jr. supported the so-called “dirty space” (the Logue Fabritorium) and Frederick T. Gilmour, faculty emeritus, made a commitment for the “clean space” (the Gilmour Tinkertorium). The ceremony spotlighted the students and faculty members who brainstormed the idea into existence, and included representative comments from Rob A. Wozniak, associate professor of architectural technology: “With the many students from various majors that will use this makerspace, it is hoped that they take the opportunity to collaborate with others. To create. To explore. To learn about the tools that they may otherwise never have been able to have access to. To try another way of doing something. To invent (and maybe even patent) something new! And, as a result, Penn College, the community and the world will all benefit … from this amazing collaborative effort.”

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Last updated August 15, 2018 | Posted in Alumni, Architectural Technology, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff, Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, President, Students | This gallery contains 22 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Practical Nursing Information Session to Be Held in Potter County

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, based in the Wellsboro Area School District, will host a free information session for those interested in nursing as a career.

The session will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Potter County Education Council building, 5 Water St., Coudersport. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

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Penn College’s Summer 2018 Grads Listed

The list of Summer 2018 graduates from Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued.

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College Announces Dean’s List for Summer Semester

The Summer 2018 dean’s list at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been released.

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‘Mindful’ Exhibition, Workshops Explore Mental Health

“My Other Self Sanctuary,” by Michael Janis; kiln-formed glass, glass powder imagery, steel, 12 inches by 12 inches by 1 inch.

Offering an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft, the first exhibition of The Gallery at Penn College’s 13th season opens Aug. 16 and runs through Oct. 11.

“Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art” studies the impact mental illness has on society, and the role the arts can play in encouraging positive self-expression and guiding effective mental health promotion and treatment.

A reception is set for Thursday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery, located on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

In conjunction with the reception, a special lecture will be offered at 5:30 p.m. in the library’s second floor reading loft. Presented by “Mindful” artist Meredith Grimsley, “Trauma: Legacy, Biology and the Path to Healing” will discuss family history, the endurance of the human spirit and the gift of healing.

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Penn College Athletics Celebrates Past, Looks to Future

Classes begin Aug. 20 at Pennsylvania College of Technology and, while athletes are preparing for this season’s openers, there are several things to celebrate since the end of last season and some changes are on the way in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

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